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September 3, 2020, 10:40 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it will stop accepting new political ads a week before the US presidential election, as part of steps to protect against election interference  —  Striking a compromise to prevent election misinformation  —  Facebook will stop taking new political advertising in the United States …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook says it will limit message forwarding on Messenger to five people or groups at a time to tackle the spread of misinformation  —  The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal appeals court rules the NSA's mass surveillance program was possibly unconstitutional and the program's “bulk collection” of metadata was illegal  —  The National Security Agency program that swept up details on billions of Americans' phone calls was illegal and possibly unconstitutional …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel announces 11th-generation Tiger Lake CPUs for laptops, with integrated Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4 support, Wi-Fi 6, and more, coming this fall  —  The ‘best processor for thin-&-light’ laptops  —  Intel has officially announced its first 11th Gen Tiger Lake processors for laptops …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G for Windows ARM-based laptops, with better AI performance and support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1  —  Here's a sign that the troubled Windows on Snapdragon platform isn't going away anytime soon: Qualcomm is announcing today its new made-for-PC processor based on ARM design.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal judges in Chicago rejected three government “geofence warrant” requests, concluding the requests violated 4th Amendment probable cause requirements  —  Two federal magistrate judges in three separate opinions have ruled that a geofence warrant violates …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook says Watch now has over 1.25B monthly viewers, counting everyone who streamed for at least one minute  —  Facebook Watch, the social giant's two-year-old video streaming platform, has become a massive destination — now attracting over 1.25 billion users each month, the company claims.
More: TechCrunch
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Facebook expands its data portability tool, which lets users transfer photos and videos to other services, to support Dropbox and Koofr  —  Facebook's photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely …
Apple:
Apple invests in world's largest onshore wind turbines in Denmark and advances clean energy efforts in Germany to expand renewable energy footprint in Europe  —  World's largest onshore wind turbines in Denmark and new clean energy efforts in Germany advance Apple's new 2030 carbon neutral goal
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Robinhood is under SEC investigation for failing to fully disclose selling clients' orders to high-speed trading firms, with a potential $10M+ fine  —  Company could have to pay a fine exceeding $10 million if it agrees to settle  —  Robinhood Markets Inc. faces a civil fraud investigation …
Wall Street Journal:
In an about face, Facebook bans a BJP politician in India for violating its hate speech policies, after reports its lobbying exec Ankhi Das defended his posts  —  T. Raja Singh is a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party
Monica Alleven / FierceWireless:
FCC says Verizon, Dish, Charter, and Comcast were the 4 highest bidders in a ~$4.6B 3.5GHz band auction; Dish secured the most 3.5GHz licenses with nearly 5,500  —  As widely expected, Verizon showed up at the auction of 3.5 GHz Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in a big way …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is developing internal forums with “strong moderation” after an internal pro-police post from a staffer stirred outrage  —  “I don't believe people working here should have to be confronted with divisive conversations while they're trying to work …
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Vena, which develops cloud-based financial planning and analysis software, raises $25M from CIBC Innovation Banking  —  Financial planning startup Vena Solutions has closed $25 million USD in growth capital financing from CIBC Innovation Banking.  —  The capital comes in the form of a multi-part credit facility.
More: FinSMEs
Soumyarendra Barik / MediaNama:
India bans another 188 Chinese apps, including PUBG, Baidu, and Alipay, saying widespread concerns were flagged against the blocked apps  —  India on Wednesday banned 118 more apps, including popular gaming app PUBG, for allegedly being engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to sovereignty …

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